ISLAMABAD (APP) - Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday lauded the World Bank assistance for Pakistan's socio-economic development and its support to help invest in infrastructure and social sectors, like health and education. Talking to a high-powered delegation of the World Bank headed by Vice President, Praful C. Patel, who called on him at the PM's House, Gilani said Pakistan values its relationship with its development partners particularly the World Bank. He appreciated role of the World Bank in country's development, and said Pakistan has a growing economy and his government will do its utmost to improve the macro-economic profile to achieve an impressive growth rate and above all, better living conditions for the people of Pakistan. The Prime Minister hoped the World Bank would continue its active cooperation with Pakistan and help it achieve the newly laid-down priorities of overcoming energy, water and food shortages through construction of new dams and other related projects. The World Bank Vice President, who was on his farewell call, expressed the unequivocal support of the Bank to the Prime Minister and his government. The meeting was informed that during the recent years the World Bank's financial support to Pakistan has increased manifold and the Bank is committed to provide concessional financing. Patel offered financial assistance to Pakistan from a food crises response fund created by the World Bank in the wake of ongoing world food crises. He also offered financial and technical assistance for the upcoming budget, due to be annouced on June 7. PM Gilani said the people have high hopes from the new democratic government which is fully committed to undertake policies focusing on reducing poverty, increasing per capita income, generating more jobs and improving the living standard of the people. He told the delegation that the government will soon introduce prudent economic policies and will ensure their successful implementation. The formation of Economic Advisory council is a step in this direction, he added.